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See/Hear: October 13, 2010

Each week, the university’s inspirechange site features a wonderful photograph from campus. [Read more…]

A School of Their Own, in Ghana

101310Headline_GhanaAnna Will, a senior interior architecture major, came home from a Habitat for Humanity trip with a mission. She wanted to design a school for the Kyekyewere village she had visited in Ghana, Africa.

Anna had seen the lust for learning in the Kyekyewere children, who had to walk several miles to school in neighboring villages. [One of these distant schools is in visual.]

“It was upsetting to hear children explain that they probably wouldn’t have the opportunity to see the future they dreamed of just because they didn’t think they were capable of making it to university,” she says. “Witnessing this determination to learn made me realize how important it was to bridge the gap between reality and dreams to better the futures of these children.”

The children’s dreams are fast becoming reality. Hannah Rose Mendoza (Interior Architecture) and Anna’s fellow design students quickly embraced Anna’s idea. The project represented the same community-engaged social activism that Interior Architecture had invested in earlier projects like Our Sister Susan’s House, a home for single teen moms and their children.

Anna and other students worked under Mendoza, adopting the school design project as part of their coursework. Final designs will be chosen, and several of the students will travel to Ghana in January to help build the school.

“The world is much smaller than we realize; students at UNCG need to understand the importance of global involvement and thinking beyond our school, state and country,” Anna says.

Mendoza has put in countless extra hours on the project. She has written to ambassadors, Nestle, even Oprah, to raise funds for the project. She has recruited help and advice at UNCG and beyond, engaging local businesses as well as structural engineering students and a Ghana-born professor of agricultural economics from NC A&T.

“We’re trying to build as broad a coalition as possible,” Mendoza says.

In designing a school for Kyekyewere where there is no phone service, no electricity, no plumbing, no air-conditioning, and no means to replace broken glass, Mendoza’s students are facing unique challenges.

“They are having to step outside of their own experience of what a school is,” she says.

Mendoza looks on the Ghana project as a pilot for future global design projects, hopefully building a school somewhere in the world every two years.

Follow the Ghana project, Building Hope, or make a donation by visiting http://iarcghana.wordpress.com/. Numerous fundraisers, including a benefit concert, are detailed on the site.

Visual: A school the students currently walk miles to attend
By Michelle Hines
Photography by Anna Will.

Business Summit Set for Nov. 9

101310Feature_SummitEach year, UNCG presents the fifth annual UNCG Business Summit in order to bring the corporate leadership of Greensboro and the Triad together to hear from a major executive. The summit highlights the relationship between business and higher education. The Triad’s colleges and universities are among the region’s key drivers of economic growth.

Attendees can hear what UNCG is doing to advance the economic vitality and quality of life in our city and region.

This year’s summit will be 8 a.m.-noon onTuesday, Nov. 9, in EUC’s Cone Ballroom.

The keynote speaker will be James L. Turner, a group executive of Duke Energy and president and COO of its U.S. Franchised Energy & Gas business.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady and NC A&T Chancellor Harold L. Martin will join in a discussion moderated by Douglas Copeland of The Business Journal regarding collaboration between the two universities.

Also, Dr. James G. Ryan, founding dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, will provide updates on the joint school and John Merrill, executive director of Gateway University Research Park, will provide updates about the research park.

The registration deadline is Nov. 2. The cost is $25. Register at http://www.uncg.edu/dur/business/BusinessSummit2010/BusSummitReg.htm or by calling 6-1284.

Photography of attendees at last year’s event by Chris English.

Talking with the Dying

101310Feature_BarbaTalkHow many of you have had an experience with someone’s who’s dying?

Dr. Beth Barba posed that question to the 40 or so attendees of the first LIHC Food for Thought talk in October. Each Wednesday, all students, faculty and staff are invited to come learn about an interesting topic while enjoying a light lunch in the Faculty Center.

Barba (Nursing) noted her area is largely gerontology. UNCG’s interdisciplinary Gerontology Program is particularly strong. In the School of Nursing, she and Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone, who leads the Geriatric Nurse Practitioners Program, are among the 18 or so of its faculty members who have expertise in geriatrics, according to Barba.

Surveys of nurses in the workforce tend to show the nurses wish they’d been taught more about how to interact with and talk to those who are dying and their families.

“I do teach a 500 level course on end-of-life care. I’ll teach it this summer – all online. An elective,” she told the Nursing upperclassmen in attendance.

What do the dying and their family members want, when nurses – or any others – speak with them?

Information. A way to maintain a sense of control. To disclose feelings. A need for meaning. Hope.

What do they hope for? Perhaps an afterlife. Perhaps assurance that their life has held meaning. Perhaps a comfortable death.

She noted older adults often have no time for frivolous talking. They’ll cut right to the chase.

On the other hand, an exercise Barba led halfway through her talk was enlightening. The audience broke up in pairs, each role playing. One listened for two minutes while the other described a loss of some sort. And vice versa.

Opening up took a while, some discovered.

Barba noted that’s often how it is, when you speak with a person approaching death. Just be an active listener, she said, showing that you care. “Put yourself in the moment. And being silent is good. Provide serenity.” That could mean anything of a spiritual nature, whether overtly religious if that’s requested or perhaps turning the bed so the person can face out the window. Singing with them or for them can be serene as well.

“Be there, on their journey. You go where they are.”

And Barba gave a tip to ensure the individual goes ahead and says what they want to say – and doesn’t hold back. Say “I have [whatever] minutes. I’d love to come in and sit.” The person will open up to you more quickly.

She made an analogy. “It’s like therapy. You know you have 50 minutes.” The person won’t wait until the 49th to start talking.

“I would just sit. Sit quietly,” she said.

“The person will eventually say what they want to say.”

You might encourage them to tell their stories, if they wish, by asking an open-ended question. And keep in mind that the person dying could be feeling guilt – if for example, they thought their smoking led to the lung cancer. Or they might feel fear. Non-acceptance. Anger.

Physicians are focused on cures, Barba said. “We want them to be.” Dealing with the needs related to dying is often left to the nurses.

People in America don’t die at home much, she noted – they die primarily at nursing homes and also at hospitals and Hospices.

“People want to die at home,” she said.

They have a need to be surrounded as they die by people who care for them.

A writer for Hospice once said the dying and family members have five things that should be expressed to each other:

  1. I love you. “You can never say that too much,” Barba said.
  2. I forgive you.
  3. Please forgive me.
  4. Thank you.
  5. Good-bye.

By Mike Harris
Photography by Mike Harris

‘Go Blue Preview’ for Men’s Basketball This Weekend

101310NewsAndNotes_BBallPreviewEnjoy a special men’s basketball “Go Blue Preview” event on Sunday, Oct. 17, to celebrate the start of the 2010-11 season at the Greensboro Coliseum. [Read more…]

Best Dressed Room on Campus

101310NewsAndNotes_RoomWinnerThe Office of Housing & Residence Life held the third annual Best Dressed Room Contest. Participants decorated their rooms based on five judging criteria: style, creativity, attention to detail, best use of space and overall impact. [Read more…]

Beyond Tools 4 Schools through Nov. 16

Even with the Tools 4 Schools campaign that is conducted at the beginning of each school year for Guilford County Schools, public school teachers spend an average of $630 out of pocket to supply the needs of their students and classrooms. [Read more…]

CYFCP Completes Youth Gang Assessment for Guilford County

The Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships (CYFCP) has gathered data for a youth gang assessment for Guilford County as part of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model. [Read more…]

Campus Sustainability Day Oct. 20

Learn about the campus’ sustainability efforts Wednesday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Jackson Library Transportation Circle. [Read more…]

Forum on Open Journal Systems

Interested in publishing an online journal or publication? Or want more information? A forum will provide details Oct. 19. [Read more…]

The Classic Book Collection of Norman Smith

Greensboro attorney Norman B. Smith is interested in the great ideas of the world. An avid reader and book collector, he has built a personal library representing those ideas over a collecting career of more than four decades. [Read more…]

Notes: October 13, 2010

NotesIconSevere budget cuts A memo from Chancellor Brady addressing the severe budget cuts looming for next year is posted at the UNCG Budget web site: http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/. The slides from Brady’s presentation to the Faculty Senate earlier this month can be accessed at that site as well.

Alumnus Weatherford wins North Carolina Award Since 1964, more than 250 North Carolinians have received the state’s highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award. Six outstanding North Carolinians received the award at the ceremony at the N.C. Museum of History on Thursday night. The North Carolina Award, the state’s highest honor, was presented by Gov. Beverly Perdue in the areas of Fine Arts, Literature, Public Service and Science. The award is administered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.UNCG alumnus Carole Boston Weatherford received the award for literature, in a ceremony last week. Her children’s books have garnered wide acclaim, including the Golden Kite Honor for Picture Book Text, the NAACP Image Award, Caldecott Honor, the Jane Addams Children’s Literature Honor and several “Best Book of the Year” awards and lists. She lives in High Point.

Dean of Students Office Fall Workshops To register for workshops designed specifically for faculty and staff, visit http://deanofstudents.uncg.edu. The workshops are: 1) “Academic Integrity: What Faculty Need to Know,” Oct. 29, 10-11 a.m. EUC, Joyner Room. The purpose of this workshop is to engage faculty in education discourse concerning academic misconduct among college students; UNCG’s effort to promote academic integrity in the classroom; and best practices for reducing academic misconduct. 2) “UNCG Cares about VETS,” Nov. 5, 1-2:30 p.m. Bryan 105. The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 allows more veterans to enter colleges and universities to pursue their education. Colleges are trying to ensure their campuses have services that are adequate to meet these student needs. “UNCG Cares about VETS” will provide a discussion about today’s veterans, barriers preventing student veterans from staying in college, and on-campus support for UNCG student veterans. 3) “Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom,” Nov. 19, 2-3 p.m. Bryan 104. Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for a student to be uncivil and verbally aggressive in the classroom. Learn some useful techniques on how to address disruptive behavior in the classroom and share with your peers best practices for dealing with disruptive students. For additional information, call 4-5514.

Have a book that was recently published?
The new blog uncgfacultypubs.blogspot.com, hosted by Kimberly Lutz (Univerity Libaries), was created to promote faculty publications. In addition, University Libraries are displaying faculty book covers in the EUC Connector and are inserting bookplates indicating that the books were written by faculty. They also plan to hold a reception each spring to honor faculty who published books in that academic year, says Lutz. The University Libraries are actively collecting books authored and edited by faculty, and donations are very welcome. To donate your book for inclusion in the Libaries’ collection – or if you have questions – contact Erica Rau at 4-5281 or elrau@uncg.edu.

The disabled body in contemporary art
Dr. Ann Millett-Gallant (Art) will speak and show images Monday, Oct. 18, from her recently published book, “The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art.” The talk is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Gatewood Studio Arts Center, Room 204. A reception will follow. Millett-Gallant is a lecturer in the Department of Art as well as an instructor in the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program.

Culture of wellness The American Heart Association hosted the area’s first Culture of Wellness: Healthy Worksite Workshop on Oct. 12. It was held in Elliott University Center. The workshop includes examples from companies such as Alamance Regional Medical Center, Banner Pharmacaps, NewBridge Bank, UnitedHealthcare, UNCG, VF and Senn Dunn. Chancellor Brady was one of the speakers.

The Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education is seeking proposals for presenters for the 2011 conference, March 2-4, in Roanoke, Va. Proposals are due by Oct. 19. UNCG is proud to be a sponsor of this annual conference that seeks to promote networking among practitioners, research, ethical practices, reciprocal campus-community partnerships, sustainable programs, and a culture of engagement and public awareness through service-learning and other forms of civic engagement. Realizing that engaged citizens can transform the world one community at a time, Gulf-South Summit provides an opportunity for a deeper dialogue among citizens, educational institutions and communities. UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service-Learning will pay registration expenses for any faculty whose submission is accepted. Conference homepage is http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gulfsummit/index.html. For proposal submissions, visit http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gulfsummit/presenters.html

Love Your Body Week
, which is sponsored by Women and Gender Studies, will be Oct. 18-22. A full schedule will be posted on the WGS site.

2011 Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching
UNCG will host, for the seventh year, the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching at Greensboro. Last year, more than 400 individuals attended the conference representing 70 different institutions from across the United States. In their 31st year, Lilly Conferences are retreats that combine workshops, discussion sessions, and major addresses, with opportunities for informal conversations about excellence in college and university teaching. The 2011 Lilly Conferences will highlight evidence-based learning and teaching. Evidence-based learning and teaching is the key to the development of critical thinking skills and the improvement of student learning. The conference will be held Feb. 4-6 at the Koury Convention Center. Complete information about the conference is available at the conference web site. UNCG faculty may apply for a TLC Mini-Grant to cover the conference registration fee. The deadline for submitting proposals for the conference is Nov. 1. Proposals may be submitted online at https://freyr.uncg.edu/conference/lillyconference/form.jsp.

Ready for an emergency?
Emergencies can happen at any time with little or no warning. Knowing what to do when one occurs could help to save a life, including your own. The Office of Emergency Management is now offering a new workshop designed to provide an overview of how to plan and respond to emergencies on campus. This hour-long workshop titled “Emergency Preparedness 101 – Are YOU Ready Spartans?” will cover topics including: emergency alerts and notification on campus, what UNCG has in place to plan for and respond to emergencies, what to do during specific emergencies, and how to prepare for emergencies both at home and at work. The next series of workshops are scheduled for Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. For more information, or to register for a workshop email BeReady@uncg.edu and provide your name, department and preferred email address. The location of the workshop will be emailed to you with your registration confirmation.

Diversity lecture
Dr. Linda Martin-Alcoff, professor of philosophy at Hunter College/CUNY Graduate Center, will give the second annual College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Lecture at 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. The title of her lecture is “Sotomayor’s Reasoning.”

Softball is All-Academic
The softball team was named one of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s girls got game All-Academic Teams for 2009-10, while five student-athletes were named Scholar Athletes. Coach Jennifer Herzig’s Spartans tied for 101st nationally among Division I programs with a 3.11 grade point average for the 2009-10 academic year. UNCG’s Emily Akiyama and Laura Olenderski, seniors on the 2010 squad, were named NFCA Scholar Athletes for the fourth time each. Kayla Hensley, Kaitlin Merkt and Heather Robb also were named. Last season, the team posted its first winning season in conference play since 2003.

MLK Service Award
Call for Nominations The Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award was established in 1986 to honor the memory of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to recognize the accomplishments of a member of the UNCG community whose activities and involvement embody the spirit of Dr. King’s service to humanity. The award is bestowed upon someone who has gone “beyond expectations” in making outstanding contributions in the area of social justice through service, particularly service to the UNCG community. The selection committee will consider Commitment to Leadership, dedication to Service, Impact of Involvement, Resourcefulness and Creativity. 2011 marks the 25th award that will be presented in Dr. King’s name and will go to a deserving student. A plaque and a $200 award will be presented to the recipient during the Martin Luther King Celebration on Jan. 18. Nominations must be submitted online and are due by 5 p.m. on Nov.12. For details: http://maf.dept.uncg.edu/MLK/

Conference targeted health care communication
The N.C. Health Literacy Council, a program of UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships, recently hosted the state’s first health literacy conference in Greensboro. More than 100 individuals representing hospitals, physicians, nurses, health educators and adult educators attended the event focused on improving health communication and making interactions between health care professionals and patients more productive. “We know that there are frequent miscommunications between doctors and patients,” said Jen Kimbrough, director of the council. “The key to health literacy is to create an environment where patients feel safe to ask questions and share concerns and to help health professionals use language and terms that everyone can understand.” Whatever form it takes – failure to understand a doctor’s instructions or the inability to read the directions on a bottle of pills – low health literacy leads to hospital readmissions, trips to the emergency room and unnecessary suffering. The N.C. Health Literacy Council hopes to capitalize on the success of the conference by continuing to build local health literacy coalitions around the state. Coalitions are already active in Guilford, Wake, New Hanover, Scotland and Pasquotank counties, with several more in developmental stages. To view conference proceedings, join a coalition or learn more about health literacy, go to http://nchealthliteracy.uncg.edu.

Katie Ford Poetry Reading

101310EyeOnArts_FordThe MFA Writing Program, The Greensboro Review and Spring Garden Press will host a fiction reading by Katie Ford on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. in the Faculty Center on College Avenue. [Read more…]

Campus People – October 13, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos – Dr. Steve Kroll-Smith – Bruce Michaels – Dr. Janice Wassel – With the staff [Read more…]

Announcements: October 13, 2010

Chancellor’s Resident Fellowship for 2011-12

Call for Applications

Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC) is pleased to announce the 2011-12 Chancellor’s Resident Fellows Competition. Central to the mission and work of Lloyd International Honors College are the talented UNCG faculty who teach the College’s courses and interact with its students. For the 2011-12 academic year the College will appoint two Chancellor’s Resident Fellows who will teach full-time in LIHC and participate in the life of the College throughout the year.

An honors college is a community of scholars, made up of students, faculty, and staff. It exists in an environment that celebrates learning and the pursuit of knowledge. In order to tap the expertise, commitment and talents of UNCG’s very best faculty, the College has established the Chancellor’s Resident Fellows Program. This program offers a wonderful opportunity for UNCG faculty to change their teaching routine and teach exclusively for one year the highly motivated and talented students in the Honors College. In 2010-11 Dr. William Markham (Sociology) and Dr. Alexandria Schultheis (English) hold the Fellowship.

In Lloyd International Honors College all classes are small seminars that allow the Fellow to teach the subject matter in new ways and on topics that he or she may not get the chance to teach in the scholar’s own department. In addition to a Fellow’s teaching stipend, the faculty member also receives a research award to be used during the year of the Fellowship.

Fellowship Description

The Fellowship is open to all full time UNCG faculty. The term of the Resident Fellowship will be one year from August 2011 through May 2012. During the fellowship year the Fellow will teach exclusively in Lloyd International Honors College. Depending on the selected Fellow’s usual teaching load, the teaching load during the Fellowship year will be four to six courses plus a section of the one-credit proseminar for first-year Honors College students. The Fellow’s teaching schedule will include, in the fall semester, instruction of a section of the Honors College’s proseminar, one 100-level Honors course, and possibly an additional course in the College or a Disciplinary Honors course that carries course credit in the Fellow’s discipline. In the spring semester the Fellow will teach some combination of 100 and/or 200 level Honors courses and disciplinary honors courses up to the level of the total agreed load. Resident Fellows are expected to participate in the life of the College during their one-year appointment by, among other activities, attending Honors College events and working with the Honors College liaison in their departments.

The Chancellor’s Resident Fellows normally should be released from their usual departmental responsibilities during the fellowship year. However, the selected Fellow, in consultation with the Fellow’s department Head and Dean and the Honors College Dean, may continue certain on-going obligations such as, but not limited to, serving on master’s and dctoral committees and administering external grants. Fellows will receive, in addition to their regular salary, a $4,000 teaching stipend and a $3,000 research stipend, both payable only during the year of the Fellowship. The research stipend may be spent as the Fellow determines it is appropriate to his or her research, all expenditures requiring the approval of the Dean of Lloyd International Honors College and the Head of the Fellow’s department. Fellows will be provided with office space and necessary computer and administrative support services.

At the discretion of the appropriate Dean, departments will be compensated for up to six courses, depending on the Fellow’s normal teaching load, at $3,500 per course. While the Fellowship is a 12 month award, the title of Chancellor’s Resident Fellow in Lloyd International Honors College remains a permanent appellation for the faculty member within the Honors College during his or her service at UNCG. Thus, Resident Fellows will be included in all future Lloyd International Faculty Fellow activities and invited to all appropriate Honors College events. Their names and disciplines will be inscribed on a plaque in the Honors College office.

Application and Selection Process

If you are interested in securing one of the Fellowship positions, please submit an application letter, approved by your department Head and Dean, to Lloyd International Honors College (205 Foust building) by Nov. 12. The selected Fellows will be notified by Dec. 15. Among other items you may wish to enclose, the submitted application should include your curriculum vitae, a list of the courses you have taught over the previous two years, a proposal of the courses you would like to teach during your year in the Honors College, a statement of interest that should address what you might contribute to the mission and work of the College (particularly its commitment to an international perspective) and a brief description of your research agenda.

The selection of the Chancellor’s Resident Fellow will be made by a committee consisting of the Dean and an Assistant Dean of Lloyd International Honors College, and three members of the Honors Council.

The committee will base its decision on the curricular needs of Lloyd International Honors College, the candidate’s qualifications, his or her teaching proposal, and the candidate’s strengths in terms of multidisciplinary studies and global engagement. Department faculty in disciplines currently represented by a Resident Fellow will not be eligible for selection in the succeeding year. For the Fellowship to be awarded for 2011-12, faculty in the departments of Sociology and English are not eligible. Selection of the Fellows will also be based on the quality of the courses the candidate proposes to teach and the extent to which the offerings fulfill the goals of Lloyd International Honors College. Our Mission Statement asserts, “Lloyd International Honors College at UNCG provides an enhanced undergraduate education with an international focus for motivated, high-achieving students in all fields of study. LIHC is an intellectually challenging and engaged community devoted to fostering critical and independent thinking, global awareness, and strong preparation for success in professional, civic and personal pursuits.” The selection committee will give priority to proposals that address the College’s mission and that also give students a sense of our interconnected world, interdisciplinary approaches to learning, and self-reflection.

If you have questions about the Fellowship Program or your application, please contact Jerry Pubantz, Dean of Lloyd International Honors College, at 256-2579 or 334-5538; or by email at j_pubant@uncg.edu.

Looking ahead: October 13-19, 2010

Men’s soccer vs. College of Charleston
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.

Literary & Body Movement Café, part of CACE Conference
Thursday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m., International Civil Rights Museum.

Music, Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors
Friday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Weatherspoon Community Day, with activities, live performances, gallery games
Saturday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

‘Go Blue Preview’ for men’s basketball
Sunday, Oct. 17, 5 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Lecture, Norman Smith, book collector
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m., Jackson Library, Hodges Reading Room

The Great Conversation, Dr. John Roberts (UNC-CH) on “Infinity”
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m., Faculty Center

more at calendar.uncg.edu